Constructing a Budget

Budget Overview

UAR Student Grants are intended to provide student projects with financial resources that would otherwise be unavailable. An integral part of your grant application is a line-item budget, indicating how much money your project needs and how the money will be spent.

The budget limit for each grant type is as follows:

  • $1500 for a Small Grant or Conference Grant
  • $7500 for a Major Grant or Chappell Lougee Scholarship

Grants are primarily used for research expenses, such as:

  • Travel
  • Food and lodging
  • Art supplies
  • Books and photocopies
  • Human subjects payments

Prohibited Budget Items

Items that UAR grant funds cannot support include: 

  • Electronic equipment purchases (e.g. computers, printers, cameras, etc.)
  • Software
  • Lab supplies
  • Compensation for mentors or colleagues
  • Course tuition or workshop fees
  • Hiring assistants, performers, or other external services (e.g. book printing, translation, etc.)
  • Conference travel in cases where you are not presenting your own work
  • Stipends during academic quarters (Autumn/Winter/Spring)
  • Travel or any other support for projects in locations where (a) the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory of Level 4 ("Do Not Travel") or Level 3 ("Reconsider Travel") for the country destination; (b) the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory of Level 4 or Level 3 (or associated language "Do Not Travel/Reconsider Travel") for the specific cities or regions within a country; or (c) there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks. Please see "Eligibility" and "Special Requirements" for additional details with regards to international travel. 

Budget Guidelines and Policies

Major Grants and Chappell Lougee Scholarships go towards supporting students' full-time immersive projects over 10 weeks in the summer. This grant amount is intended primarily to cover a student's summer stipend for living expenses and any travel expenses associated with the project. 

If a project includes paying human subjects, the proposal must outline this request as a separate line item in the budget. For human subjects funding, UAR provides these funds directly to the faculty mentor's department via fund transfer. If human subjects payments are part of your project, you will need to provide the PTA (project-task-award) number for this transfer. Consult your faculty mentor and/or your department's financial analyst for the correct PTA. If they have questions about which PTAs are eligible for UAR transfers, please ask them to email vpue-research@stanford.edu with their questions.

Small Grants cannot support stipends during academic quarters. For summer projects, students may request a Small Grant as a stipend for part-time projects.

Line-item Budget Examples

(a) Major Grant and Chappell Lougee Grant: In your grant proposal, you must spell out the detailed week-by-week steps associated with your 10-week project. Given this information, your budget request could be as simple as:

  • A stipend for 10 weeks for this project = $7500

(b) Major Grant and Chappell Lougee Grant: If your 10-week summer project requires funds for human subjects payments, your line-item budget could look like this:

  • Human Subjects payment = $XX
  • A stipend for 10 weeks for this project = $(7500 - XX)

Funding Caps

Each student is eligible for at most one UAR Conference Grant per academic year.  If you are applying for multiple sources of funding in a given academic year, keep in mind that there is an annual cap of $9000 of VPUE funds per student. It is your responsibility to clarify whether your funding comes from UAR or VPUE before accepting an award. Learn more at Student Eligibility.